Fear – Shifting from the Virus to the Vaccine

Afnan Naeem, Javaid Usman, Warda Furqan


Objective: To determine the reasons for hesitancy against the COVID-19 vaccine in the Rawalpindi/Islamabad region of Pakistan.
Study Design: Cross-sectional study.
Place and Duration of Study: The study was conducted at the Department of Microbiology, Army Medical College, Rawalpindi, Pakistan, from 1st June 2021 to 1st July 2021.
Materials and Methods: A questionnaire of socio-demographic variables and factors leading to vaccination hesitancy was administered to the participants after obtaining informed consent. Data were analyzed by using SPSS version 27.0.
Results: Out of total of 1067 participants, 41 % declined vaccination. The main reason for refusal of the vaccine was fear of death 25.6% followed by fear of infertility 16.5%. Social media also played a major role in leading to vaccine hesitancy as 46.3 % of the study population expressed distrust in vaccines because of social media influence, followed by 44.5% having concerns about the safety and efficacy of vaccines.
Conclusion: The vaccine acceptance rate was sub-optimal among participants. As almost 41 % of the participants were hesitant. The success of any vaccination program largely depends on the public willingness to accept the vaccine therefore policy makers and stake holders should try to address the apprehensions of the general public.

 Keywords:  Covid-19 Vaccine, SARS-CoV-2, Vaccine Hesitancy.

 How to cite this: Naeem A, Usman J, Furqan W.  Fear – Shifting from the Virus to the Vaccine. Life and Science. 2023; 4(1): 14-18 .  doi: http://doi.org/10.37185/LnS.1.1.265

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